LSU still at the top?

LSU will lose two of its projected starting receivers following the 2006 campaign in Craig "Buster" Davis and Dwayne Bowe so replacing those spots with two more top-notch wide outs in the 2006 class is a priority for the coaches.

Factor in the possibility that Xavier Carter may choose a professional career in track and that Jared Mitchell may be a high draft pick in the 2006 MLB Draft then there could be several spots LSU receivers coach/passing game coordinator Josh Henson will have to fill.

LSU already has one commitment from a big-time wide receiver in Gabriel Bryant and there is another one in the Bayou State that claims an offer from the Tigers in Monroe-Sterlington standout Ahmad Paige.

Paige, a 6-3, 165-pounder with blazing 4.4 speed, is coming off of a sensational junior campaign where hauled in 44 passes for 1,198 yards and 14 touchdowns. Do the math and that comes out to an eye popping 27.2 yards a catch.

For his performance on the field, Paige was a first team all-state selection and is being touted by some as the state's No. 1 receiver in a year where Louisiana is extremely deep at that position.

Paige was sitting on four offers from some pretty impressive programs but he recently picked up a new one from a storied Big 12 program.

"Nebraska just offered the other day," Paige told Tiger Rag. "That gives me five now counting LSU, Georgia, Texas and Arkansas."

There aren't many guarantees in life but you can pretty much bank on the fact that the Cornhuskers will not be the last to offer the North Louisiana native.

In fact, Paige believes No. six could be coming his way this weekend.

"I'm going to Florida State's Junior Day and I think I'm going to get one from them while I'm there," he said. "I grew up liking Florida State so that would be exciting to pick one up from them."

LSU offensive line coach Stacey Searels is spearheading the charge in recruiting Paige for the Tigers and although he can't call Paige during this juncture of recruiting he can contact him another way.

"He (Searels) text messages me just about every day," said Paige.

While coaches can't call prospects this time of the year there is nothing against prospects making the call themselves.

In fact, Paige called Searels up this past Sunday just to see how things were going.

"I called him and we talked about me coming down there April 1 for the spring game," stated Paige. "They want me to come down early so they can spend some time with just me since they had so many guys there for junior day."

The LSU coaching staff as a whole is considered to be pretty straight forward with recruits and according to Paige the coaches know exactly what they are looking for.

"Coach Searels said they want three good wide receivers in this class and with Gabriel they need two more," said Paige. "He said they need three in this class and I'm one they want."

In an earlier interview with Tiger Rag, Paige said that LSU was at the top of his list.

With the influx of attention and offers he has been getting has that made him reconsider his stance?

"Na," he said. "I like LSU a lot and they are still at the top."

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